Obituaries: May 30, 2019

William Franklin Aldridge

Feb. 27, 1937 – May 13, 2019

William Franklin Aldridge, Jr., Peculiar, was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Kansas City, the son of William Franklin, Sr., and Lola Bernice (Peterson) Aldridge. He died  May 13 at Redwood of Raymore at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 16 days.

On Dec. 22, 1977, William married Carolyn Ann Zietz in Kansas City.

William was a firefighter for the Kansas City Fire Department until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Firefighters Union Local No. 42. William enjoyed doing home remodeling projects, building model airplanes and researching genealogy.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Aldridge.

William is survived by his wife, Carolyn A. Aldridge, of the home; two sons, David Aldridge, Overland Park, Kansas, and Duane Aldridge, Gladstone; three daughters, Deborah Linton and Barbie Glaviano, both of Belton, and Valerie Rinehart and husband, John, Peculiar; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; other relatives.

Graveside service were May 20 at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


John Ruckel Koch

Nov. 28, 1933 –  May 21, 2019

John Ruckel Koch was born Nov. 28, 1933, the son of John C. and Mary (Ruckel) Koch. J.R. died May 21 at his home in Creighton surrounded by his family.

He graduated from Creighton school, then went on to attend Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg before enlisting in the Missouri National Guard.

He was a hard-working farmer, as well as a real estate and insurance salesman. He enjoyed fishing and antiquing with his wife, Lela.

J.R. married Lela Parris in June 1958, and the two enjoyed nearly 61 years of marriage. To this union, three children were born. He was a dedicated husband and father and provided well for his family.

He loved to watch his children and grandchildren take part in sports and other activities and was proud of each and every one of them growing into good, upstanding citizens.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Carol (Koch) Thornburg.

He is survived by his wife, Lela, of the home; two sons, Mark and wife, Laura Koch, Peculiar, and Rocky and wife, Brenda Koch, Harrisonville; and a daughter Clara and husband Stan Taber, Creighton,; as well as five grandchildren, Jessica (Taber) Miller, Jon Koch, Mackenzie Koch, Wes Taber and Kristen Koch.

A celebration of life and Masonic Service were May 25 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Inurnment was in the Parker Cemetery near Creighton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parker Cemetery Association.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.


Darol Keith Ladd

March 27, 1945 –  May 16, 2019

Darol Keith Ladd, Raymore, was born March 27, 1945, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Lloyd Arthur and Phoebe Jane (Drenan) Ladd.

He died May 16 at his home surrounded by love and family at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 19 days.

July 7, 1982, Darol was married to Carolanne Kathimane Green in Kansas City, Kansas.

Darol was employed as a lineman for GM Fairfax plant until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of the UAW Local No. 31 and the First Baptist Church, Raymore.

Darol enjoyed deer hunting. He was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Darol will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Darol is survived by his wife Carolanne Ladd, of the home; five children, Lloyd Ladd and wife, Mary, Bonner Springs, Kansas, Bryan Ladd, Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Ladd, Independence, Jason White and wife, Jody, Grandview, and Heather Koeberl and husband, Joe, Excelsior Springs; eight grandchildren; a sister, Carol Sue Hinton, Raytown; his stepfather, Ralph Williams, and a stepbrother, Ralph Clifford Williams, both of Kansas City, Kansas; a stepsister, Cheryl Jane Saulter, Salisbury; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were May 22 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Serenity Care Hospice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.


Cenobio “John” Lozano, Jr.

May 20, 2019

Cenobio “John” Lozano. Jr., 78, Peculiar, died May 20 at the Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

He is survived by his son, John Alexander Lozano and wife, Sherri, Lee’s Summit; a daughter, Laurie Stinson and husband, Lloyd, Eddington, Maine; two granddaughters, Alyssa Marie Lozano and Grace Stinson; two brothers, Salvador Lozano and Rafael Lozano, both of Kansas City; three sisters, Joaquina Vallejo, Kansas City, Kansas, Do-lores Lopez, Kansas City, Missouri, and Stephanie Rhodesof, New Bloomfield; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A celebrating of life gathering was May 30 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Luke’s Foundation.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


Edgar L. McFerrin

Jan. 26, 1931 –  May 19, 2019

Edgar L. McFerrin died May 19 at his home near Harrisonville.

Edgar, the sixth child of W.B. McFerrin and Martha M. (Cathey) McFerrin, was born Jan. 26, 1931, near Elk Creek, Nebraska, where he spent his early childhood.

His family moved to Missouri in 1936 and he lived his entire life in Missouri except for the time he spent in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.

His elementary school years were spent in Henry County near Calhoun. He attended his freshman year of high school in Calhoun and then the family moved to Windsor where he graduated from high school in 1949.

In January 1952, he was drafted in the Army where he spent the next two years.

Dec. 25, 1952, he married Jewell E. Wallace at the Brethern Church in Leeton. They had been friends and companions for 66 years and 5 months.

Edgar was preceded in death by a son, Wesley Jewell; his parents, W.B. and Martha; three sisters; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

Edgar worked for the Federal Reserve Bank for 35 years graduating from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin during that time.

After retiring he worked for Earl May Garden Center for five years and two and one-half years for OATS Transportation.

Edgar and Jewell joined Campers on Mission in 1993 and worked with a building team from Northgate Church. They worked on and off through the years helping churches and campgrounds through 2007.

Edgar was active in Boy Scouts several years and was presented with the Boy Scouts Good Shepherd Award for Distinguished Service by Baptists in 1963. Edgar was also a deacon at Northgate Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church serving his Lord for 54 years.

He is survived by his wife Jewell; a daughter, Cynthia (Dan) Temaat, Dodge City, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; as well as great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 24 at the Terrace Park Funeral Home, Kansas City, with interment in Terrace Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Terrace Park Funeral Home, Kansas City.

Glenn E. Metheny

March 24, 1948 –  May 14, 2019

Glenn E. Metheny, 71, Raymore, died May 14 surrounded by his loving family members.

A private family service was May 17 following a visitation and service.

Glenn was born March 24, 1948, in Harrisonville, the son of Glenn Olen Metheny and Alice Faye (Myers) Metheny.

After graduating high school, Glenn furthered his education, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Missouri State.

Aug. 23, 1969, Glenn married Georgann Metheny. Together they were blessed with two children, Glenn Adam and Carolyn Lea. Glenn created for himself and his family, a successful career at Honeywell Manufacturing and retired in 2004.

In life, Glenn loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his lawn. Glenn was a man meant for the outdoors and enjoyed doing anything that was outside, including four generations of fishing at Bennett Springs.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Olen and Alice Faye Metheny.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49  and a half years, Georgann Metheny; son, Glenn Adam Metheny (Alyssa); daughter, Carolyn Lea Hotchkiss (David); sister, Joyce McCambridge (Jack); and four grandchildren, Anna Metheny, Holden, and Miles and Cadence Faye Hotchkiss.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145 or Heartland Hospice, 1001 E. 101st Terr., No. 180, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Martha Lyon

Feb. 13, 1927 –  May 10, 2019 

Martha Lyon, 92, was born at home the fifth of 12 children, the daughter of Cliff and Mattie (Gallamore) Richardson on Feb. 13, 1927.

Martha lived and grew up in West Line, until she married Harold Dean Lyon and moved to Freeman where she resided the remainder of her lifetime.

Martha stayed a school year with Buck and Edith Lacy while she taught in a one-room rural school, grades one through eight, immediately following Freeman High School graduation in 1944.

Martha died May 10 after losing her ability to swallow two weeks prior. She had a brief renaissance period, walking better and making it up stairs to be able to go to her home place for the Easter family gathering at West Line.

Soon after, she entered St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit. May 3, Martha came home and Crossroads (palliative care unit) came into the home to assist the family with her care.

Martha loved her immediate and extended family first and foremost. She also had numerous neighborhood, community, church, work and other friends she loved dearly during the years. Once her friend, always her friend.

Martha was totally engaged with her family, friends, work associates, church and community until she became ill in August 2007. She was the most loving, giving person anyone ever knew, traits passed down from her parentage.

Martha was an active member of the First Christian Church of Freeman for years while raising her children. The family attended the West Line Christian Church where Martha continued after Harold’s death in 2000.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, H.D. Lyon (2000); her first born, Donald Eugene Lyon (2016); her parents, Mattie and Cliff Richardson; Carl and Bess Lyon; Lyon sisters; brothers, in-laws; nephews; and her sisters and brothers, Evelyn (Ernest) Moul,  Freeman, Bud (Chlorus) Richardson, Kansas City, Gene (Verla) Richardson, Mesa, Arizona, Betty (Jay) Freeman, Overland Park, Kansas, Bob Richardson, Kansas City, and Marcella (Cleatis) Cross, Freeman.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Davis, Freeman; her son, Barry (Sherry) Lyon, Grain Valley; her grandchildren, Chad (Mary Turner) Davis, Boulder, Colorado, Jeremy (Tammy) Lyon, Illinois, Layn (Sheri) Davis, Peculiar, Jason Lyon, Lee’s Summit, Dean (Jamie) Lyon, Illinois, and Martha ShariBeth (Will) Cooper, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas; her great-grandchildren, Marcella (Spencer Duvall) Davis, Mattathias, Courage and Schuyler Davis, Miranda (Jeremy) Largent, Belton, and Dean and Adysen Lyon, Jaiden, Chase, Avery and Blakely Cooper, Madison Lyon and Phoenix Lyon; two great-great-grand-children, Lilith Quinzelle Duvall and Levi Jay Largent.

Martha also leaves behind a sister, Mary Jane (Glendon) Ullery; a sister-in-law, Roma Richardson; and three brothers, John (Nancy) Richardson, Grand-view, Jesse (JoAnn) Richardson, Cleveland, and Larry (Linda) Richardson, Belton. Martha also leaves a host of Lyon and Richardson nieces.

A special thanks to all who have loved and contributed generously to Martha’s life. Many thanks, as well, to the multitude of emergency and health care professionals who provided wonderful timely responses to Martha’s needs throughout the past 12-year journey. Without you we couldn’t have made it thus far. A special thanks to Tina Turner for her loving work with Martha.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. July 21 at the Freeman Cemetery. Everyone is welcome to attend, as well as to gather with family and friends at the home at 300 VanBuren St., Freeman, immediately following the memorial.

Prayers and sympathy cards are welcomed and will be cherished. Any memorial contributions will be given specifically to the Memory Care Unit residents at Golden Years, Harrisonville, for specially-planned activities. The nursing staff, aides, therapists and residents were especially kind to Martha during her recent stay.


Donna Jean Schlage

Sept. 4, 1952 –  May 15, 2019

Donna Jean Schlagle, 66, Pleasant Hill, was born, Sept. 4, 1952, in Macon, the daughter of Roy A. and Norma J. (Cook) Stuart.

She died May 15 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center surrounded with love and family.

Donna was a 1970 Fort Osage High School graduate. Sept. 4, 1970, she married Gerald Leroy Schlagle in Buckner.

Donna was employed as a marketing manager for Modern Handcraft in Kansas City. She enjoyed doing needlepoint, quilting, crossword puzzles, flower gardening, and spending time with her family.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Roy; her husband, Gerald; and a great-granddaughter, Sophie Leanne Schlagle.

She is survived by her mother, Norma, Bates City; two daughters, Melissa Schlagle, Pleasant Hill, and Geri Anne Schlagle, Harrisonville; two grandchildren, Christopher (and Davin) Schlagle, Harrisonville, and Kaylin Smith, Garden City; a great-grandson, Maverick Schlagle, Harrisonville; a brother, Charlie Stuart, North Kansas City; two sisters, Mary (and Andy) Schnell, Booneville, and Laura (and Matt) Bainbridge, Bates City; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of life gathering will be held June 15 at her home. All are invited to attend.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.